Drivers fined in Worthing over seatbelts and mobile phones

NUMEROUS drivers were stopped and issued fines for mobile phone or seatbelt offences in a road safety awareness operation across Worthing.

In total, 36 drivers were issued fixed penalty notices when the operation was carried out on the A27 near the Charmandean Centre.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit, Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team, and the Vehicle Operator Standards Agency (VOSA) took part in the initiative, one of a series known as Operation Airwalk Enforcement.

PCSO Ed Mitchell said: “The operation is principally aimed at educating drivers using mobile phones and both drivers and passengers found not wearing seat belts.

“However, in addition, a scaffolding lorry travelling from Lewes to Hampshire was found to be clearly overweight. When stopped by officers its mudguards were almost scrapping the ground. When escorted to a weighbridge the 3.5 tonne vehicle was weighed to be 51 per cent over-weight. The condition of this vehicle was extremely dangerous, affecting not only the handling of the lorry but also its braking distance.

“After the lorry was weighed the driver was told to unload 1.5 tonnes of weight before being told he would be summoned to court as this breach was too serious for a Fixed Penalty Notice.”

A minibus was also stopped while driving to pick up school children. It was given an immediate prohibition notice by VOSA officers, as the sliding door of the vehicle would not close properly, potentially causing it to open while in transit.